Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The U(npredictable) S(lam) Open

Heading into this U.S. Open, did you think?:

• Kim Clijsters would be in the semis?

• Melanie Oudin would be playing in the quarters?

• No U.S. male would make the quarterfinals for the first time EVER?

• Andy Murray would lose so early, seeing as how it seemed he was destined to get to the finals?

• Roger Federer would almost be under the radar with all the other stuff surrounding the fields on both sides?

• Rafa Nadal would be in shape to make a quarterfinal run? And possibly go further?

• Novak Djokovic would reclaim some love from the fans?

• That besides Clijsters and Oudin, Ni La and Yanina Wickmayer would make it to the quarters and Dinara Safina or Venus Williams wouldn't?

• That Andy Roddick would fall so early considering how great his year had been?

• That both the men and women's tournaments are guaranteed to have a first-time U.S. Open finalist?

If you said yes to any or all of these things, let's start calling you Nostradamus! I sure didn't see this coming!

(Photo: AP)


TopSpin said...

I had an inkling about Clijsters' getting this far with the way she had been playing, and provided Nadal's injuries arent completely incapacitating, I've learnt never to rule him out.

But otherwise, no, no, no, no, no, no, no and no!

van said...

Hey TopSpin, I know what you mean about Rafa. If he won, it wouldn't surprise me at all.

John said...

The world wanted to see whether it was Andy MURRAY that will break the whole Rafa/Roger spell. But in the end it was DEL POTRO will now stand a chance to so when he takes on the Swiss maestro in the final.

Hell Yeah! I've been waiting for this a long time and finally it has arrived to see an Argentian in a Grand Slam final.

But this match will be no easy ride for him as I still tremendous respect for Fedex. I knew those dark episode he suffered since last years lost at Wimbledon was just a temporary setback for him. Just look how he has bounced back.

For DEL POTRO to win this, he will need to do more than just repeating another prefect game plan he did in the semis against the Matador from Spain. I won't be expecting another epic battle just like the one we witness in last years Wimbledon but surely this will be great final.

So now what is your expectation in this final? What will it take for DEL POTRO to finally lift his cursed against Fedex?